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Swag on the cheap!

Last week I made a post about how darn broke I am. When you’re broke, you learn how to make do and find clever ways to be resourceful. That being said, I’d like to share one of my resourceful triumphs with you!

A couple weeks ago I learned about a sale Shutterfly was having–I follow blogs that offer freebies, samples, and coupon codes for various services/products, which was how I heard about it. Shutterfly is a photo printing service and I’d never used them before. However, I had a code to get 99 4×6 prints for free, all I had to pay was shipping (which was less than five bucks). I wasn’t sure how my book covers would translate to 4×6 photos, but I figured it was five bucks, I would give it a shot. So I uploaded all my book covers and had some made of each. They arrived today.

And they’re AMAZING!

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The picture really doesn’t do justice to how clear, clean, and vibrant the quality is. The only downside is that you can only get a small bit of text printed on the back, which is pretty hard to read. I had (much more expensive) cards made for my first book which had information about the book and my website on the back (however, they weren’t even as good of quality as the pictures I got today):

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I’m not going to complain for five dollars, though! When I hand them out I can just write information on the back. I think in November when my new book and my novella come out, I’ll do a giveaway and include some of them in prize packs.

And that’s how you be a thrifty author!